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Two men were granted bail
totalling $195,000 on charges of
raping a 12-year-old girl who had
been missing for four months.
Vaughn Lester McDonald, 31, and
Jamal Williams, 23, both of Mara-
bella, appeared before Deputy Chief
Magistrate Mark Wellington in the
San Fernando Magistrates Court on
separate charges of rape yesterday.
The men were arrested after the
girl was found by members of the
Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Marabella
CID and Southern Division Task
Force in a house in Marabella.
McDonald, of Silk Cotton Road,
Battoo Avenue, Marabella, is charged
with four counts of having sexual
intercourse with a female who is not
his wife and under the age of 14.
The offences allegedly occurred
in Marabella on dates unknown
between the period November 30
and March 5.
Williams, of Battoo Avenue, Mara-
bella, was charged with one count
of having sexual intercourse with a
female who is not his wife and under
the age of 14.
It is alleged that the rape took
place in Marabella on a date
unknown between the period
November 30 and January 1. Both
men were represented by attorney
In his bail application for McDon-
ald, Teekasingh said the accused has
a 13-year-old child and a few con-
victions for marijuana possession
and larceny. He said McDonald does
not live close to the victim. Regarding
Williams, Teekasingh said he was a
first time offender.
The magistrate granted McDonald
$150,000 bail with a clerk of the
peace approval. He, however, refused
to grant Teekasingh s request for a
cash bail alternative.
Williams was granted $45,000 bail
with clerk of the peace approval and
a cash alternative of $30,000. Both
men are supposed to reappear in
court on April 13.
A 29-year-old Special Reserve
Police (SRP), accused of sexually
assaulting a 14-year-old girl
almost two dozen times in less
than two years, was granted
$350,000 bail yesterday.
The SRP s court appearance
came less than three days after
two of his co-workers from the
Maraval Police Station were
charged with 12 criminal charges,
including bribery and grievous
Atiba Thomas, of Tomato
Drive, Diego Martin, was not
called upon to plead to 11 charges
of grievous sexual assault and 11
charges for having sex with a
minor who is under the age of
14, after he appeared before Chief
Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Cae-
sar.Dressed in a brown shirt and
black trousers, a stony-faced
Thomas stood silently in the
prisoner enclosure in Port-of-
Spain Eighth Court as the
charges were being read to him.
Thomas spoke only to confirm
his name, before deferring to his
lawyer, Patrick Godson-Phillip,
who applied for bail.
Godson-Phillip pointed to
Thomas clean criminal record
as he asked Ayers-Caesar for
"reasonable" bail. She acceded
to his request after the bail appli-
cation was not opposed by police
prosecutors in court.
As part of the conditions of
his bail, Thomas was ordered to
surrender his passport and to
report to police twice a week for
the duration of his case. He is
also barred from coming within
one mile of the child s school
Because his home is located
within the parameter set by
Ayers-Caesar, she ordered him
to move in with his uncle, who
lives in La Horquetta, Arima.
"You are prohibited from any
form of communication with the
victim, including via Whatsapp,
Viber, Tango or any other form
of social media. You are also pro-
hibited from asking others to
communicate with the victim,"
the magistrate said.
Thomas, who has served as an
SRP for less than a year, is
accused of assaulting the teenag-
er at his home, which he shares
with his common-law-wife and
The attacks allegedly began on
a unknown date in 2012, while
the child was 12, and continued
until July 19 last year, when she
eventually reported the abuse to
A report was made to acting
Cpl Quincy Marcelle of the West
End Police Station and after sev-
eral months of investigation
Thomas was arrested and
charged last week. He will reap-
pear in court on April 13.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Police up to late last night were
questioning a Toco man in his late
40s following the stabbing death of
his neighbour Justin Baptiste.
According to police, around 3.30 pm
the two were arguing at the corner of
Pepper Hill and Paria Main Road, Toco,
when the suspect stabbed Baptiste, 24,
in the neck.
Baptiste, who lived at Paria Main
Road, Toco, was taken to the Toco
Health Facility where he died while
undergoing treatment. Police said
shortly after he was pronounced dead
the suspect was arrested.
Cpl Jones of the Homicide Bureau
Region 11 led a party of officers to the
scene. Investigations are continuing.
The murder toll now stands at 71.
Man killed in row with neighbour
Two accused of
assaulting girl, 12
$350,000 bail for
SRP on rape charge
Still no bail for
colleagues --- Adrian Jack and
Omari Gonsales --- are yet to
access their bail for 12 criminal
charges, including bribery and
grievous sexual assault.
Although Jack, a police
constable, and Gonsales, an SRP,
were granted $500,000 and
$300,000 bail respectively when
they appeared in court last
Friday, their relatives were
unable to secure approval for
their bail bonds that evening.
The T&T Guardian understands
their relatives made a second
attempt yesterday but were
Jack and Gonsales will
continue to be remanded at the
Port-of-Spain State Prison until
approval is granted by a clerk of
the peace at the Port-of-Spain
Both officers are jointly
charged with kidnapping a
woman, falsely imprisoning her
and corruptly accepting $1,800
and $3,000 from her as a reward
for not prosecuting her for
Jack is facing four additional
charges for perverting the
course of justice by dishonestly
attempting to manipulate the
outcome of an investigation, for
soliciting a bribe from the victim
and for committing indecent and
grievous sexual assault on her.
All the charges arose out of an
incident on February 25, which
started with the woman's arrest
during a roadblock exercise at
Saddle Road, Maraval. The
sexual assaults allegedly took
place later in a police car along
North Coast Road, Maracas.
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